News

Some news and events associated with amateur radio at the University of New Brunswick are shown here.

  • Accredited examiner status was renewed from Innovation Science and Economic Development Canada for Guida Bendrich, Brent Petersen, Richard Tervo, July 19, 2020.
  • Our VE9YFC APRS Digipeater was upgraded by Stephen Downward VE9QLE.  The club now uses a Raspberry Pi 4 Model B/4GB, with the accessories: a HighPi Raspberry Pi Case for Pi4, a Raspberry Pi 15W Power Supply, a Class 10 16GB microSD Card With Raspbian (Stretch), an Aluminum Heatsink for Raspberry, and a Micro-HDMI to Standard HDMI (A/M) 1m cable.  Currently, the Pi is connected to a SignaLink USB and a Yaesu FT-7900, February 18, 2020.
  • Since June 20, 2010, the exam statistics are: 129 new amateur radio operators, 38 passed advanced exams, and 2 passed Morse code exams.
  • Examinations were passed, 1 advanced, 1 basic, February 3, 2020.
  • Examinations were passed, 1 advanced, 2 basic with honours, 2 basic, January 16, 2020.
  • There was an amateur radio satellite contact planned, AO-92, Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019.
  • $500.00 was donated to the UNB Amateur Radio Club on October 25, 2019 by a former member who wishes to remain anonymous.  In the short term, we got a RaspBerry Pi 4 Model B/4GB, for the APRS digipeater.  Our club will discuss the best use of the remaining funds.  We sincerely thank this mysterious benefactor!
  • Jamboree On The Air (JOTA/JOTI Official Website) (JOTA/JOTI Scouts Canada) (JOTA/JOTI Wikipedia), Saturday, October 19, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m, Atlantic time, 1600 to 2000 UTC, available modes, HF, IRLP node 2780, Echolink with VE9EX node number 688500, DMR-MARC on VE9FTN with specific talk groups.  From 2 p.m. to 3 p.m, we hope to link together all the nodes of the International Repeater Group.  Please email ve9unb@unb.ca to set up a sked.  At scout.org we registered for a Jamboree IDentification number (JID) for the Jamboree Puzzle (JamPuz).  The location is the University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, Head Hall, room H301.  A moose visited the JOTA; pictures are available.
  • The MAARC (Moncton Area Amateur Radio Club) hosted the Annual General Meeting of the Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC) on September 14, 2019.  Glenn MacDonnel VE3XRA, the 2019 RAC President, delivered his message in which he thanked the VE9UNB Amateur Radio Club for their help with the RAC Booth during the Canada Wide Science Fair in Fredericton, May 15-17, 2019.  Brent Petersen VE9EX, Sponsor of the VE9UNB Amateur Radio Club, had the pleasure of meeting Glenn as well as Rick Roderick K5UR, the 2019 ARRL President; a photo was taken.
  • Examinations were passed, 8 advanced, September 3, 2019.
  • The Canada-Wide Science Fair was in the Currie Center, Fredericton, May 15-17, 2019.  On page 44, in the July-August 2019 issue of the magazine called The Canadian Amateur (TCA), published by the Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC), is an article by Dave, VE9CB, the RAC Atlantic Director, about RAC's booth and the volunteers that helped, Stephanie, VE9AAU, Megan, VE9OEL, Nicole, VE9NI, Sarah, VE9SSB, Aaron, VE9CG, Ben, VA6RAB, Drake, VE9DLL, Nick, VE9WAM, Stephen, VE9QLE, Quinn, VE9QS, and Brent, VE9EX.  Also present was Jerry, VE9CD, of the Fredericton Amateur Radio Club.
  • Examinations were passed, 1 advanced, 1 basic with honours, 3 basic, April 30, 2019.
  • There was an AO-91 Amateur Satellite Contact planned on Tuesday, March 19, 2019, 2:05 pm to 2:16 pm, Chapman Field.  This was an event from the Student Development Studio (SDS) in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.
  • There was an event for the Thinking Day On The Air (TDOTA RSGB) (TDOTA Wikipedia).  The repeaters of the IRG were linked together. for Guides to speak with other Guides in New Brunswick, Maine and around, Saturday, Feb. 16, 2 pm to 3 pm, Atlantic time.
  • Alex Colpitts, VE9LEX, received an academic scholarship from the Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC); see page 6, The Canadian Amateur (TCA), January-February 2019.
  • Since June 20, 2019, the cumulative number of passed exams is 149.
  • Examinations passed, 2 advanced, 1 basic with honours, 1 basic, Thursday, January 21, 2019.
  • Examinations passed, 1 advanced, 5 basic with honours, 4 basic, January 17, 2019.
  • Jamboree On The Air (JOTA/JOTI Official Website) (JOTA/JOTI Scouts Canada) (JOTA/JOTI Wikipedia), Saturday, October 20, 1 pm to 5 pm Atlantic time, 1600 to 2000 UTC, all modes available, HF, IRLP node 2780, Echolink with VE9EX node number 688500, DMR-MARC on VE9FTN with specific talk groups, IRG on VE1BM.  Please email ve9unb@unb.ca to set up a sked.  At scout.org we registered for a Jamboree IDentification number (JID) for the Jamboree Puzzle (JamPuz).
  • Two communication groups were created, the UNB Amateur Radio Club on Groups.io and UNB Amateur Radio Club on Slack, August 30, 2018.  The membership is joint, meaning if one of the groups is joined, then the other group is joined, September 06, 2018.
  • The Worked All States (WAS) Mixed Award was received, August 22, 2018.
  • Don Trynor VA3XPR a former club member is in the news, 2018 Best EMBAs: Don Trynor, University of Toronto (Rotman), July 20, 2018.
  • One of the club members, Drake Legacy-Luce, VE9DLL, followed the responsible disclosure model to report an issue which is now resolved in QRZ accounts.  Drake's blog is available for further reading, June 7, 2018.
  • Examinations passed, 1 advanced, 8 basic with honours, 4 basic, January 18, 2018.
  • The VE9UNB team from the 2017 ARRL Sweepstakes SSB Contest was recognized in Sights and Sounds, Dec. 13, 2017, with the 2017 VE9UNB Sweepstakes SSB Team Photo, from the ARRL Contest Update, Editor, Brian Moran N9ADG.  The team consisted of Martin, VE9PLS, Chelsi, VE9DOY, James, Ryan, VO1RCH, Flo, VE9EN, Brent, CG9EX, Kevin, VE9KH, Xavier, VE9IDK, Joel, VE9SEC, Brandon, VE9BWB, and Sam, VE9FQU.
  • After following the process of the ARRL, the paper-based DXCC credits for VE1RK and VE1UNB, were put into VE9UNB's account on Logbook of The World (LoTW) and we currently have confirmed 215 DXCC entities, November 21, 2017.
  • There is an excellent 48-minute YouTube video titled VE9UNB in the November 2017 ARRL SSB Sweepstakes (amateur radio contest) recorded by Flo Mitchell, VE9EN, and Sam Mason, VE9FQU, which documents the VE9UNB Station for posterity.  This video was posted on July 20, 2018, and also documents some of VE9UNB's participation in the 2017 ARRL Sweepstakes SSB Contest, November 18-20, 2017.
  • Jamboree On The Air (JOTA/JOTI Official Website) (JOTA/JOTI Wikipedia), Saturday, October 21, 1 pm to 5 pm Atlantic time, 1600 to 2000 UTC, all modes available, HF, IRLP node 2780, Echolink with VE9EX node number 688500, DMR-MARC on VE9FTN with specific talk groups, IRG on VE1BM.  Please email ve9unb@unb.ca to set up a sked.  At scout.org we registered for a Jamboree IDentification number (JID) for the Jamboree Puzzle (JamPuz).
  • Accredited examiner status was renewed from Innovation Science and Economic Development Canada for Guida Bendrich, Brent Petersen, Richard Tervo, August 9, 2017.
  • Examination passed, 1 morse code, June 20, 2017.
  • Examinations passed, 4 advanced, 1 basic with honours, May 3, 2017.
  • Examinations passed, 1 basic with honours, 2 basic, April 25, 2017.
  • Flo Mitchell, VE9EN, received one of three academic scholarships from the Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC); see page 21, The Canadian Amateur (TCA) March-April 2017.  The article references her first contact from January 17, 2016, which was also recorded in a YouTube video titled First-ever amateur radio contact, IRG net.
  • Thinking Day On The Air (TDOTA RSGB) (TDOTA Wikipedia), Saturday, February 18, 2017, 1 pm to 5 pm Atlantic time, 1700 to 2100 UTC, all modes available HF, IRG, IRLP node 2780, Echolink use VE9EX node number 688500, DMR-MARC on VE9FTN with specific talk groups.  Please email ve9unb@unb.ca to set up a sked.  There was also a transmitter hunting activity on the UNB Campus; see VE9UNB images.
  • Examinations passed, 1 advanced, 2 basic with honours, 2 basic, February 7, 2017.
  • Examinations passed, 3 basic, January 12, 2017.
  • The people associated with VE9UNB participated in the 2016 ARRL Sweepstakes SSB radio contest; see VE9UNB images.  Flo Mitchell, VE9EN, and Sam Mason, VE9FQU, recorded a 20-minute YouTube video titled VE9UNB in the November 2016 ARRL SSB Sweepstakes (amateur radio contest).
  • Jamboree On The Air (JOTA/JOTI Official Website) (JOTA/JOTI Wikipedia), Saturday, October 15, noon to 6 pm Atlantic time, 15:00 to 21:00 UTC, all modes available, HF, IRG on VE1BM, IRLP node 2780, Echolink with VE9EX node number 688500, DMR-MARC on VE9FTN with specific talk groups.  Please email ve9unb@unb.ca to set up a sked.  At scout.org we registered for a Jamboree IDentification number (JID) for the Jamboree Puzzle (JamPuz).  There was also a transmitter hunting activity on the UNB campus; see VE9UNB images.
  • Examinations passed, 1 basic with honours, 2 advanced, September 7, 2016
  • Flo Mitchell, VE9EN, is awarded the 2016 Brit Fader Scholarship from the Halifax Amateur Radio Club, July 26, 2016.
  • VE9UNB is now registered with LoTW and eQSL, June 17, 2016.
  • Thinking Day On The Air (TDOTA RSGB) (TDOTA Wikipedia), 3rd full weekend in February, tentative local time, Saturday, February 20, 2016, 1 pm to 5 pm Atlantic time, 1700 to 2100 UTC, all modes available, HF, IRG, IRLP node 2780, Echolink use VE9EX node number 688500.  Please email ve9unb@unb.ca to set up a sked.
  • The sponsorship of the club call signs VE9UNB and VE9YFC is now held by Brent Petersen, VE9EX, February 16, 2016.
  • Examinations passed, 1 basic, 1 advanced, February 2, 2016
  • Examinations passed, 3 basic with honours, 10 basic, 1 advanced, January 14, 2016
  • Jamboree On The Air (JOTA/JOTI Official Website) (JOTA/JOTI Wikipedia), Saturday, October 17, 2015, 2 pm to 6 pm Atlantic time, 17:00 to 21:00 UTC, all modes available, HF, IRG, IRLP node 2780, Echolink use VE9EX node number 688500.  Please email ve9unb@unb.ca to set up a sked.  At scout.org we registered and were emailed a Jamboree IDentification number (JID) for the Jamboree Puzzle (JamPuz).
  • Examinations passed, 1 basic with honours, 1 basic, 2 advanced, September 10, 2015
  • Examination passed, 1 basic, April 27, 2015
  • Thinking Day On The Air (TDOTA RSGB) (TDOTA Wikipedia), Saturday, February 21, 2015
  • Examinations passed, 3 basic, February 3, 2015
  • Examinations passed, 6 basic with honours, 6 basic, January 15, 2015
  • Brad Lane, VE9BML, receives one of three RAC academic scholarships, December 8, 2014
  • Accredited examiner status was obtained from Industry Canada for Guida Bendrich, Brent PetersenRichard Tervo, November 5, 2014.
  • Jamboree On The Air (JOTA/JOTI Official Website) (JOTA/JOTI Wikipedia), Saturday, October 15, 2014
  • Examinations passed, 4 advanced, May 10, 2014
  • Thinking Day On The Air (TDOTA RSGB) (TDOTA Wikipedia), Saturday, February 15, 2014
  • Examinations passed, 8 basic with honours, 6 basic, January 16, 2014
  • Jamboree On The Air (JOTA/JOTI Official Website) (JOTA/JOTI Wikipedia), Saturday, October 19, 2013
  • Examinations passed, 2 basic with honours, 1 basic, October 19, 2013
  • Examinations passed, 4 advanced, 1 basic with honours, 1 basic, June 8, 2013
  • Examinations passed, 1 advanced, 2 basic with honours, 3 basic, February 16, 2013
  • Examinations passed, 7 basic with honours, 7 basic, January 18, 2013
  • Examinations passed, 2 advanced, 1 basic, June 16, 2012
  • Examinations passed, 1 Morse code, June 7, 2012
  • Examinations passed, 1 basic, July 23, 2011
  • Examinations passed, 1 advanced, 5 basic with honours, February 19, 2011
  • Examinations passed, 1 advanced, 3 basic with honours, 1 basic, November 27, 2010
  • The Fredericton Amateur Radio Club continues to offer amateur radio examinations to candidates affiliated with the University of New Brunswick and 1 basic with honours examination was passed, June 20, 2010.

This page was created on February 12, 2015, by Brent Petersen.
This page was updated on July 21, 2020, by Brent Petersen.
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